|My Mom With My Son Anders After His Orchestra Concert Saturday Afternoon|
|The Sanctuary at Christ Lutheran Church|
|Burda 6911 Dress for VOX Choir Performances|
|1/2" Strips of Fusible Tricot Interfacing and Silk Organza Pressing Cloth Scrap|
|Interfacing Fused to the Wrong Side of the Skirt, to Prevent Coverstitch Tunneling|
|Fusing the Interfacing In Place Through Wet Silk Organza|
My coverstitched hems are still not as perfect as RTW, but I'm getting better at them. Now that I know to stabilize my lightweight knit fabrics so they don't pucker and tunnel between the rows of straight stitches on the right side of the fabric, and I know to clip the seam allowance of the intersecting seams and flip the hem seam allowance in the opposite direction to reduce the bulk that I'm stitching across at the seams, I'm about 80% of the way there. My ongoing coverstitch challenges are keeping my project perfectly straight as it feeds through the machine so my cover stitches remain perfectly parallel to the folded edge all the way around the hem, and maintaining the stretch of the fabric so I don't get popped stitches over time from taking the garment on and off. I've heard of people using Wooly Nylon thread in the looper for a stretchier coverstitched hem, and I can try that next time, but the biggest difference I see between my insufficiently stretchy coverstitched hems and the stretchier coverstitched hems on my RTW rayon jersey dresses is that they are using a shorter stitch length for their coverstitch. Since the looper thread kind of zigzags between straight stitches on the wrong side of the hem, it makes sense that shorter straight stitches would put more looper thread between each straight stitch, resulting in a stretchier hem. The hems are fine on this dress, especially since the skirt is so full at the bottom, but I would need more stretch for the hem of a close-fitting knit top that I'm pulling on and off over my head.
After rehemming my dress, my mom and I took Lars shopping for some costuming and prop items that he needed for his theatre class, and then we wrapped up the day by going out to dinner with Mom, Bernie, and the boys. I can't imagine a better Mother's Day! ...Well, yes I can -- same day, but without the boys squabbling and kicking each under the table at the restaurant. Will they still do that when they are adults???
Yesterday I ran around picking up prescriptions and taking first Anders and then Bernie to doctor's appointments and a bunch of other errands. Bernie's surgeon says he's doing well considering his heart surgery was less than four weeks ago, and he was cleared for driving again. Yay! He is still out on short term disability at least through the end of May because he's still weak and tires too easily to be traveling for work and doing site visits, but he's headed in the right direction. We're so thankful for that.
Today I've got some paperwork to catch up on in my office, but I'm hoping to squeeze out an hour or two in the studio either before or after taking Anders to his violin lesson this afternoon. Have a fantastic day!